The Pittsburgh Steelers love the XFL. They are proving it too. They have already signed five players from the XFL and in a conference call, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said they are not done adding XFL players.
“We still have [a] few more in the works,” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It was good that those players were made available to us. Going through the draft as we are with some limited information, that could curtail some college free agents that we are able to sign. Knowing these players a little bit better, we feel it was important to add as many as we could who could help us in terms of being competitive players for training camp.”
This is not the first time the Steelers signed an XFL player. Remember they signed the first XFL MVP in Tommy Maddox after the league’s inaugural season.
After being released by the Atlanta Falcons in 1997, Maddox became an insurance agent before making a comeback in professional football with the New Jersey Red Dogs of the Arena Football League in 2000. Maddox later became starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL, a league that folded after one season. With the Xtreme, Maddox led the team to the Million Dollar Game championship and became league MVP for the season. Later that year, Maddox signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Originally as backup to Kordell Stewart, Maddox became the Steelers’ starting quarterback in 2002 and led the Steelers to a 10–5-1 record and a postseason run.
Steelers have signed defensive lineman Cavon Walker, offensive lineman Jarron Jones, safety Tyree Kinnel, long snapper/linebacker Christian Kuntz and defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, which brings their total so far to 5. I expect a few more myself!